Ribadu’s Defection: PDP Stalwarts in Adamawa Threatens to Work Against the Party
The battle over who succeeds former Governor Murata Nyako who was impeached by the Adamwa state House of Assembly has taken a deeper dimension with the defection of former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
Ribadu’s defection has further polarized the Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as some stakeholders have vowed to work against the interest of the party following the development.
A PDP source in Adamawa said that the party stalwarts in the state, including the acting governor, Umaru Fintiri, former special adviser to the president on political matters, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, and a party chieftain in the state, Dr Panny Boga, who was in the forefront of the fight against the maladministration of impeached governor of the state, Murtala Nyako, “have vowed to work against the interest of the party in the state should their past efforts and hardwork to keep the party intact in the face of deliberate moves by some former PDP members to destroy the party and reduce it to rumbles during the reign of Nyako be jettisoned.”
The source, who was at a meeting in Yola on Saturday which lasted till the early hours of Sunday, said tensions were raised among party faithful as active members wondered why Ribadu worked with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to frustrate the impeachment process of Nyako by members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly “in addition to the garbage of insults and vicissitudes he poured on the PDP, now to suddenly become a bride as against those that fought to keep the party afloat in the face of extreme difficulties.”
Ribadu’s defection to the PDP aimed at contesting the governorship seat under the platform of the party was said to have been spearheaded by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu in collaboration with the Principal Private Secretary to President Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Hassan Tukur, a native of Adamawa State.
While Muazu and Tukur are allegedly misleading the president about the true position in the state, the support for Ribadu is, however, believed to have hit the rock, as a majority of the party elders in the state may have made their point to Jonathan on the negative impact Ribadu’s candidature would have on the fortunes of the party in the governorship election in the state as well as the 2015 presidential election.
The source at the meeting said “The National Chairman of the party has a choice to make and the choice is simple, Ribadu or the party’s victory. The Osun outing of the PDP is still fresh and must be noted that it has a long way in affecting the 2015 presidential election.
“This was how we fought in 2007 and the ticket was eventually given to Murtala Nyako, who was a member of the ANPP then and we are all witnesses to the eventual result. What is the difference between what happened in 2007 and now with regards to Nyako and now Ribadu. Can’t our leaders ever see the handwriting on the wall and learn?” he quried.
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